Syngenta Class Action Lawsuit
Farmers Seeking Justice for Syngenta Viptera Losses through Class Action Lawsuit
Independent corn farmers can join forces through a Syngenta class action lawsuit. Litigation against a global agribusiness may seem intimidating, but together, a large scale lawsuit allows independent farmers to seek justice. All U.S. corn farmers, including those who have planted Duracade or Viptera seeds and those who have not, have been harmed alike by the presence of the GM trait MIR 162 in the U.S. corn supply. This page offers statistics on how Viptera and Duracade seed has harmed American farmers, the allegations made already by Viptera lawsuits, and who may be eligible to join a Syngenta corn class action lawsuit.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit occurs when a class or group of people pursues litigation against another entity simultaneously. Classes are determined by a commonality of issues or complaints, either within a single state or on a federal basis. Class actions are filed in the name of one or several plaintiffs who represent a proposed class, all of whom have suffered the same injury or harm. If a class is certified, others who qualify may join the class action lawsuit. This type of litigation is used when numerous plaintiffs have suffered the same injury, making individual lawsuits impractical. The benefits of a class action lawsuit include greater efficiency in the legal process, lower litigation costs, and above all, a powerful consolidation of plaintiffs’ complaints.
Syngenta Lawsuit Claims
Corn farmers across the nation are joining forces to recover losses resulting from the introduction of Duracade and Viptera GMO corn seed. Farmers in at least 11 states have already filed Viptera class action lawsuits against the Switzerland-based Syngenta AG. Both farmers who planted Viptera corn seed in their fields those who did not, alike, may have claims that qualify for a Syngenta lawsuit. The following constitute claims made by existing Syngenta corn lawsuits:
Disregard for Export Market - Syngenta manufactured, marketed and sold Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade corn seeds featuring the genetic trail MIR 162, even though the product had not been approved by China, one of the U.S.’s top export markets.
Misrepresentation - The company made claims that China was on the cusp of approval MIR 162 corn, when in fact China has maintained a zero-tolerance policy for this particular GMO. Furthermore, Viptera and Duracade advertising included statements that downplayed the importance of China as an exporter of U.S. corn.
Contamination - Corn is inevitably comingled in grain elevators and during the distribution and export process. It is impossible to prevent non-GMO corn from being contaminated with MIR 162. Plaintiffs in class action lawsuits also assert Syngenta encouraged farmers to plant Viptera seed side-by-side with other corn, resulting in contamination through cross-pollination.
Destruction of the U.S. Corn Market - The presence of MIR 162 has resulted in China rejecting entire shipments of corn that contain a trace of Duracade or Viptera corn, with the following results (according to the National Grain & Feed Association):
- Exports of corn to China have dropped by approximately 85%.
- Between November and August of 2013, farmers, distributors and exporters suffered $1.14 billion in losses as a result of Viptera corn and Duracade corn.
- Domestic corn prices have dropped by 11 cents per bushel.
- NGFA estimates losses for the coming season to total as much as $3.4 billion.
Farmers have already faced major losses as a result of the presence of Viptera corn in the United States, and experts suggest depressed corn prices will haunt the market for some time to come. One-fifth of American corn is grown for export, and China is a leading market for corn exports. China’s share of the U.S. export market was projected to rise in the coming years, but shipments are now being routinely denied due to the presence of Viptera corn. The economic damage of Viptera corn seed is expected to continue into the future.
Viptera lawsuits are claiming over $1 billion in losses. Businesses that have been negatively impacted by Syngenta Viptera corn may be eligible to join a class action lawsuit in order to receive compensation for their losses. Additionally, Syngenta lawsuits are demanding Viptera corn seeds be pulled from the U.S. market to prevent further damage to the domestic and export markets.
Midwestern Viptera Corn Lawyers Offer Legal Support to Agricultural Businesses
Multiple Syngenta Viptera class action lawsuits have been filed by a Washington, D.C. law firm. Major Midwestern law firms with proven track records against billion dollar international conglomerates are now investigating Duracade and Viptera claims against Sygnenta by farmers and related agricultural businesses for possible inclusion in a Syngenta class action lawsuit. Whether you are an independent farmer or you represent a company that has sustained economic losses, Syngenta Viptera lawyers believe that entities within the corn industry may be entitled to real compensation through Viptera class action lawsuits. Our attorneys are available for free initial consultations, and can help by answering your questions and giving you a sense of your legal options.
Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuits
Corn farmers and companies who have sustained economic losses in the past year may be eligible to join a Syngenta class action lawsuit. We provide legal representation for corn class action lawsuits on a contingency basis, meaning that we charge no fee unless we win compensation on your behalf.